Zombies vs. Unicorns, eds. Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black

by Tirzah

A Stellar Cast

Vampires, fairies, and werewolves become sadly lackluster the minute you crack open the Zombies vs. Unicorns anthology, edited by the most esteemed YA authors Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black, zombie and unicorn advocates respectively. The book begins with an introduction that chronicles the genesis of this project, complete with many humorous jabs and the two editors drawing the proverbial line in the sand between the sides and their accompanying authors. The seriousness in which each editor presents her own argument is quite entertaining (though Larbalestier tends to be a little less mature about her assertation of zombie superiority).

There really is something for everyone in this collection of stories as well, outside of your preferences of zombies or unicorns. This absolutely stellar cast of authors has written very diverse and intelligent stories. There’s everything from serious and thought-provoking to witty to just plain fun. Some favorites include Meg Cabot’s hilarious and modern ‘Princess Prettypants,’ Carrie Ryan’s ‘Bougainvillea,’ set in the same world as her novels The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves. There’s ‘Purity Test’ by Naomi Novick, about a very reluctant heroine and a rather cynical unicorn, and Maureen Johnson’s funny yet chilling ‘The Children of the Revolution.’ It’s hard to choose sides with such great stories, and even harder to pick a favorite among them, but thankfully there is no shortage of great entertainment among these pages, and it is guaranteed to be a great conversation starter. This is such an excellent concept that I wouldn’t be opposed to another anthology along the same lines, hopefully with stories from the editors themselves.

Tirzah Price is a sophomore at Ferris State University and blogs regularly at thecompulsivereader.com. If not reading or writing, she is most likely lurking around Twitter @compelledtoread.

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